Anesthesia (M.S.)

The program of Nurse Anesthesia has two curricular options; track I is the generic master curriculum for registered professional nurses, track II offers a degree completion for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), both tracks lead to a Master of Science in Anesthesia.

Admission Requirements

Track I 

This curriculum is designed for the registered professional nurse (RN) with a baccalaureate-degree in nursing (B.S.N.) or related sciences. The program consists of twenty-four months of full-time didactic study with continuous clinical integration that involves many hospital affiliates: the Detroit Medical Center hospitals (DMC), the Veteran's Administration hospital, and many urban, community, and rural hospitals. The program also has a long-term partnership with the Toledo hospital and St Vincent hospital in Toledo, Ohio, that serve as primary clinical sites for students from the Toledo area. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Examination (NCE) to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and satisfactory completion of the undergraduate and graduate prerequisites, and a personal interview with the Nurse Anesthesia Admission Committee. Applicants will be eligible for an interview only if all the nursing prerequisites are on file. Deadlines for submitting applications are outlined on the program's website. Admission requirements include:

  1. Current licensure as a registered nurse.

  2. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related science.

  3. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 and in all science courses.

  4. Eight semester credits in organic and Inorganic chemistry, taken within ten years prior to application.

  5. Four semester credits of biology or microbiology, taken within ten years prior to application.

  6. Completion CCRN.

  7. A minimum of ONE YEAR of full-time experience in an adult intensive care (SICU, MICU, CCU) unit within the past two years.

  8. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.

  9. A minimum of one in-hospital “shadow” experience by July 1. This can be arranged at your place of work by contacting the chief CRNA in the anesthesia department to schedule a shadow experience.

Track II

Track I is designed for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) with a Baccalaureate Degree in Anesthesia from an accredited Nurse Anesthesia Program. The curriculum is structured to accommodate the practicing CRNA who wish to earn a masters degree in anesthesia.

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School and satisfaction of the following professional program requirements prior to the personal interview: Admission requirements include:

  1. Application and admission to graduate school

  2. Official transcripts of both the nursing and anesthesia program.

  3. Current Certification and Recertification as a Nurse Anesthetist.

  4. Letters of reference from supervisor, chief anesthesiologist, and a work colleague.

  5. Be available for a personal interview.


Track I students complete sixty-four credits in professional anesthesia core courses and ten credits in electives; Track II students complete thirty-two credits. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Track I Students must complete sixty-four credits in Core anesthesia courses, and ten credits in program required electives.

Track I: Core Course Requirements

AN 7010Advanced Health and Physical Assessment and Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I1
AN 7020Clinical Anesthesia Practicum II2
AN 7030Clinical Anesthesia Practicum III2
AN 7040Clinical Anesthesia Practicum IV3
AN 7050Clinical Anesthesia Practicum V3
AN 7060Clinical Anesthesia Practicum VI2
AN 7100Pharmacology I4
AN 7110Pharmacology II3
AN 7120Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthesia2
AN 7150Principles of Anesthesia I4
AN 7160Principles of Anesthesia II3
AN 7170Principles of Anesthesia III2
AN 7180Electrocardiography in Anesthesia Practice1
AN 7190Advanced Cardiovascular Patho-physiology and EKG1
AN 7240Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology2
AN 7500Chemistry and Physics of Anesthesia2
AN 7600Regional Anesthesia2
AN 7620Pulmonary Mechanics and Anesthesia Implications2
AN 7690Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice Review I1
AN 7700Advanced Clinical Anesthesia Practice and Review II1
AN 7730Process of Teaching2
AN 7780Professional Dimensions of Anesthesia Practice3
AN 7800Pain Management for Nurse Anesthetists1
AN 7880Anesthesia Seminar (Max. 5)1
AN 7885Research Design for Anesthesia1
AN 7890Terminal Project1
PSL 7010Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture I4
PSL 7030Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture II4

Track II: Course Requirements

Track II Students complete thirty-two credits of coursework. All course work must be completed according to the specified plan between student and the program and in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Candidates may vary non-anesthesia course selections with consent of their advisor.

AN 7590Advanced Anatomy for Nurse Anesthetists4
AN 7600Regional Anesthesia2
AN 7730Process of Teaching2
AN 7880Anesthesia Seminar (Max. 4)1
AN 7890Terminal Project1
EER 7630Fundamentals of Statistics3
NUR 7710Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching in Nursing3
NUR 7720Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education3
PSL 7010Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture I4
PSL 7030Basic Graduate Physiology Lecture II4

Track I and II students

To qualify for the Master of Science degree in anesthesia, all students must complete the required courses and maintain satisfactory cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all courses. Track I curriculum courses are the same for all students and are offered annually in the same sequence.

Advisors: Track I students are assigned a uniform Plan of Work, and the faculty serve as advisors throughout the program including the terminal project or research assignment.

Track II students have the opportunity to develop a plan of work in collaboration with the Program Director. The Program Director will also serve as an advisor to the student.

Candidacy: Track I students will be advanced to candidacy upon completion of the first semester courses. Track II students must file a Plan of Work with their advisor prior to the completion of twelve graduate credits.

Academic Progress: Continuing in the master's program requires satisfactory progress as determined by the individual advisor and program director. Track II Students who have not registered for two or more consecutive semesters will be placed on inactive status. To continue with the curriculum the faculty and the program director will determine the most appropriate choices for the student.